The Usher Syndrome Society feels that empathy is one of the most important skills in our lives and most people can master through time and exposure.

What is Empathy?

  • Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes.
  • Imagining how another person is thinking and feeling

Why is it important to be empathetic?

  • Empathy makes us aware of the feelings of others, embraces differences, builds relationships, helps us gain perspective on the world around us.

How does the Usher Syndrome Society teach empathy?

  • By sharing our personal story of Usher Syndrome through exhibits and events, we introduce the experience of what it feels like to slowly lose both hearing and eyesight.This creates a unique perspective that is created to evoke feelings that we try and capture through expressive drawing.

Why does the Usher Syndrome Society focus on empathy?

  • The Usher Syndrome Society feels that you can't possibly understand a disease like Usher Syndrome unless you first understand the true meaning of empathy.